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Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

New proposals that fight for conservation and the rebuilding of fish stocks have been drawn up.

The tide is turning on angling equity

After years of generating incremental awareness but little movement, the recreational saltwater fishing industry today is uniquely positioned to affect change in saltwater fisheries management.

The marine industry’s problem — and it’s a big one — is filling job opportunities, not creating them.

Workforce crisis: No easy answers

When marine dealers approached Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and said their biggest challenge was filling jobs, Gruhn sensed there was a crisis brewing.

Bob Johnstone (left) gets his certificate from National Sailing Hall of Fame vice president Jim Muldoon.

They ‘changed the face’ of sailing

Rod and Bob Johnstone independently arrived at the same conclusion 39 years ago before launching the perennially popular J/24: The wave of baby boomers who were having so much fun sailing Hobie, Sunfish and other beach boats were marrying and having children and were primed for owning a performance family keelboat.

The industry has been hard at work during the long campaign season lobbying on behalf of recreational anglers like these.

Angling lobby uses its $70B clout

In the weeks leading up to the November election, boating and fishing advocates were quietly working with transition teams of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to ensure that saltwater fishing isn’t overlooked as interest groups clamor for a spot at the table.

Thick mats of reeking algae clogged the water at Outboards Only in Jensen Beach, Fla., bringing business to a near standstill at peak season.

The great stink on Florida waters

The toxic cyanobacteria bloom began as a slime green, turned bright blue, then brown and eventually transmuted into a mass of black rot as the stench hanging over the water at Central Marine ripened from the smell of rotting garbage to putrid carcasses to feces.

Florida averts train-boat conflict

Check the website for South Florida’s Marine Industry Day celebration and you’ll find among the sponsorship acknowledgments the logo for Brightline, the new name for All Aboard Florida, the Miami-to-Orlando high-speed rail service that is barreling down the tracks toward inauguration in 2017.

About 50 exhibitors displayed rods, reels and other gear at last year’s ICAST On The Water event at Big Toho Marina in Kissimmee.

A fish story still growing

Organizers of ICAST — the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show — are expecting a record turnout this year as their collaboration with the marine industry strengthens.

Boating is just one of the leisure-time industries wrestling with affordability and time-constraint issues.

Cheer up: we could be golf

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story concludes a two-part special report on the challenges facing recreation-based industries and what is being done to overcome them.

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